Idle/Stasis: Call for Prose, Poetry, Art--due June 1

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Transverse: A Comparative Studies Journal, Issue 13, University of Toronto

The twinned concepts of idle and stasis have recently been brought to the forefront of political conversations in Canada because of the Idle No More grassroots movement, which is one of the many manifestations of a protest culture encircling the globe. No longer silent in the face of the continuing effects of colonialism and its derivative hierarchical structures, indigenous populations and other citizens are registering their discontent, while fostering networks of solidarity. The notions of action and inaction saturate the very way we have come to conceive of the world today, a world in which productivity and efficiency are valued over health and well- being, technology provides instant access to information, and fast food is available all hours of the day.

Despite this, we see a growing impulse to slow down. The rise of the slow food movement, the popularity of practices like yoga and meditation, and the trends of non-violence and pacifism all attest to this desire for slowness. It is in this context that the 2013 issue of Transverse welcomes submissions that consider "stasis" and "idle" as descriptors and concepts. How are "stasis" and/or "idle" configured as slowness and passivity, or as urgency and action? Is slowness a luxury for the few, or is it a rejection of the capitalization of time? Must slowness be opposed to efficiency?

Transverse welcomes submissions from all academic disciplines of every period— Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the pre-conquest, the colonial time, and everything from Early Modern, Modern, to Postmodern and Contemporary theory and subjects—as well as unaffiliated scholarship, and approaches from the creative arts like photography, graphic arts, and creative writing.

Submissions may address the above questions, the following themes, or other related areas:
• Popular social movements: Idle No More, Occupy, Arab Spring
• Idle & stasis as status quo
• Idle as morbidity, alienation or resignation
• Idle and gender relations
• Idle as sustainable ethics and theories of subjectivity
• Stasis as political, social & moral crisis
• Stasis as balance, reciprocity & equilibrium
• Sumak Kawsay/ buen vivir or good life
• Counter-discourses to capitalist logistics of productivity, production, progress & use value
• Colonial production of idleness and idle subjects
• Non-violence & passivity as resistance
• Slow movements: food, sex (tantric sex), reading, transportation, etc.
• In-between states, slow transition and stagnation
• Stillness in contemplation, meditation, prayer, & mysticism
• Stasis and the stations in monasticism and early Church Fathers
• Etymology & linguistic play: meaning of idle in Old English and Middle English
• Psychoanalysis & the slow process of analysis
• Disease: slow death, AIDS, degeneration
• Queer theory & slow change
• Trauma, memory and the body
• The line between stasis and ec-stasis
• Time capsules as testimonies to cultural stasis

Please send submissions and a brief biography of fewer than 50 words in one Word document to by June 1, 2013 for digital and print publication in the autumn of 2013. Please note that video and audio submissions will only appear online, with mention in the print publication.

Prose submissions should be a maximum of 5,000 words, double-spaced, in MLA citation style. Please include a brief abstract of your work and up to 10 keywords along with your prose submission. A maximum of 3 poetic works should be submitted on separate pages in the same document. For further specifications and instructions on how to submit a visual, video, or audio piece, please contact or refer to our call for visual submissions. Submissions in English and French welcomed.

Call for Visual Submissions

Transverse, a web and print journal on critical and comparative themes accepts visual art submissions for its fall 2013 issue with the theme of Idle/Stasis. Visual artists at any stage of their artistic development, with or without academic affiliation are called on to consider this year's theme in the media of their choice.

Unlike cinematic art, still pictures like photography, drawing, painting, printing (and their digital equivalents) have a certain 'stasis' inherent in the two-dimensionality of the final output. The attempts and techniques applied to dislocate the limitations of the arrested moment and flat space, which have informed most of the 20th century art, entered a new cycle with the advances of the digital media in the last fifteen years, re-dressing old and bringing up new questions.

Transverse is seeking visual art submissions considering the implications of "idle" and "stasis" on any of the conceptual, technical/technological, or narrative level. Please refer to the general CFP for additional details. The submissions can use any media that can be reproduced on the printed page or viewed in the web format of the journal. Photographic and graphic art works or their sequences are limited to 3 distinct pieces submitted electronically in the following formats: tif, gif, jpg. The minimum resolution required is 300dpi, the maximum size of the submissions 6'' x 8''. Submissions with insufficient resolution for print may be considered for the online publication only. Video and audio submissions are limited to 3 distinct pieces of a maximum of 10 minutes each submitted electronically in the following formats: avi, flv, mpeg, mp3, m4a, wma, wav, and wmv. Visual art pieces containing audio or video components will only appear online, with mention in the print.

Please send visual submissions as separate files, as well as a short description including submission titles, the year of their production, and your biography of fewer than 50 words in one Word document to by June 1, 2013 for digital and print publication in the autumn of 2013.